The Brazil team must be a pretty hard place to make your mark.
You’ve got Neymar, the poster boy for world football and captain, taking nearly all of the limelight and most of the football is directed through the PSG megastar.
Beyond him there’s Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Willian and that’s before we get to Man City’s back-up striker Gabriel Jesus.
But with Neymar sidelined for the whole Copa America tournament there is a real opportunity for a new name to come to the fore and Everton announced himself in Brazil’s opening 3-0 win against Bolivia.
Two goals from Philippe Coutinho helped the men in yellow to a comfortable lead before the Gremio winger was subtituted on for David Neres just past the 80-minute mark.
The 23-year-old needed just four minutes to show the world exactly what he is capable of.
He picked up the ball near the left touchline, rode one challenge, before stepping in on his right foot and unleashing into the top corner.
The keeper stood still as he questioned whether Neymar had just been reincarnated down Brazil’s left.
It was Everton’s first goal for the Selecao and it hinted towards what might be to come in the future.
On this showing it is no surpise both Manchester clubs have already registered an interest in the Brazilian sensation.
Everton is blessed with all those typically Brazilian skills.
He’s got electric speed from a standing start, feet that will leave you in a daze and once he’s up and running his pace is a real danger.
Although unlikely to be a household name until he makes a move to Europe, in Brazil Everton has been tearing it up.
He scored 10 goals in 24 league starts last season and then bagged another five in the Copa Libertadores.
Despite coming into the limelight late, Everton is quickly becoming one of the most exciting South American talents and breaking into the Brazilian national side is no mean feat.
Everton has already drawn the inevitable comparisons to Neymar due to his penchant from cutting in from the left.
And after making sure a lot more people know his name in Brazil’s first game, this Copa America could turn him from a newcomer to international football to the breakout star from the tournament.
If there’s one thing the rest of the world don’t need it’s for Brazil to have another devilish winger coming through.
Watch this space.
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